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What It Takes To Win: Wins

Next up in our What It Takes To Win series, wins.  The goal here is to determine the stats needed to achieve fourth place in each of the ten common roto categories.  The league type: 12-team mixed with 14 hitters, 9 pitchers, 3 bench spots, 2 DL spots.

In the first league I looked at, 95 wins earned fourth place in the category.  In the second, it was 94.  I saw pretty good variance in the reader data, but a benchmark of 95 seems fair.  For those curious, it took about 3.34 wins on average to gain one point in the standings last year.  More so than any other counting stat, every pitcher win is huge in fantasy baseball.

If we assume a dozen wins from your three relievers, you need 83 from your six starters.  That's a tall order - 13 or 14 wins each.  34 pitchers won at least 14 games in 2008.  It was 36 in both '07 and '06.

Wins is probably the most frustrating fantasy category.  It's not advisable to chase them.  Just draft starters who can help you in the other three categories and the wins should come.

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